Susan Rice will be named President Barack Obama's new national security advisor on Wednesday.
Rice’s nomination is expected to anger Republicans, who criticized her involvement in misleading Benghazi talking points on various Sunday talk shows some months back. However, Rice's representatives said she was merely citing a report from administration officials she believed to be accurate.
“I can’t imagine, one, that we would be keeping Ambassador Rice in any significant position, much less promoting her to an important position,”said Sen. Rand Paul.
Rice had been running for Secretary of State until her claim that the Benghazi attack was inspired by an anti-Islam film made her an unfavorable candidate. She withdrew in an effort to avoid a disruptive and costly process for the White House. Instead, she opted for the national security advisor role, which — unlike the Secretary of State position — does not require Senate approval.
The New York Times called Rice’s acceptance of the new role “a defiant gesture to Republicans,” one that might be perceived as Obama rewarding those involved in the Benghazi controversy.
Additionally, Rice now has more power as the national security advisor than she would have had as Secretary of State, considering the position is often more influential.
Vice President Joe Biden has praised Rice for her role in the Obama administration, saying she has the absolute confidence of the president. She has worked closely with Obama as well as many of his advisors since his 2008 presidential campaign, and she is outspoken about Libyan affairs.
Rice will replace Tom Donilon, who resigned to join his wife in her foreign travels. Former Obama campaign aide, Samantha Power, is expected to fill Rice’s previous position as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.